Ag News

Despite heavy rain and related disease pressures in wheat, yields have been good at most test sites in the University of Missouri Variety Testing Program. Southeast Missouri sites are showing the highest yields. While yields varied from site to site, seven varieties yielded 100 bushels or more per acre in southeast Missouri’s Scott County. Plots at Trenton in Northern Missouri were the highest in that region at nearly 75 bushels per acre. In southwest Missouri, the highest yields were at Hughesville plots, which tested 73-and-a-half bushels per acre. New and older wheat varieties are tested at nine locations. For full results go to variety...
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The Index of Prices Received by Farmers in June decreased 1.9 percent from May. Lower prices for cattle, broilers and hay more than offset higher prices for eggs, onions and lettuce. The Crop Index was 2.2 percent lower; corn averaged $3.58 per bushel down 4 cents from May. Soybeans were 2 cents lower at $9.58, all wheat increased a dime to $5.43 per bushel while all hay was $13 lower at $162 per ton. Alfalfa hay was $14 cheaper at $178 per ton. The Livestock Index decreased 0.8 percent in June; beef cattle averaged $155 per hundredweight down $5. Hogs increased a...
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The June all-milk price gained 20 cents to $16.90 per hundredweight. Prices range from $20.90 in Florida; up 40 cents from May to $15.72 in California up 60 cents from May. The June Milk-to-Feed Ratio is 2.06 compared to 1.96 in May and 2.20 in June of 2014. The price of dairy cows increased in the last three months. NASS reports the average cow brought $2,030 in July compared to $1,970 in April and $1,970 a year ago. Prices ranged from $2,200 in California to $1,850 in Ohio. Wisconsin averaged $2,090 in July up $10 from April but $10 below June...
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Another good day in the cash cheese and butter markets on Thursday. Barrels increased 2 cents, blocks gained 4.5 cents and butter was 4.25 cents higher. Nonfat dry milk slipped 2.5 cents per pound.  Class III futures increased with the cheese market, August gained 8 cents, September added 24 cents and October increased 18 cents. USDA Dairy Market News says milk volumes and components are declining in the Midwest and West. Surplus milk supplies are tightening, spot loads contracted for August are running 50 cents above Class and that price is expected to go up. Some cheese makers are reluctant to...
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Ag News - Rural Issues

Following the release of USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report on Friday, September 26th, the National Pork Board hosted a tele-conference for the ag media featuring three ag economists and their reactions to the report. The panel included Dr. Ron Plain, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri; Daniel Bluntzer, Director of...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa farmland values fell about three-and-a-half percent over the past six months and are down nearly nine percent in the past year. That’s according to the latest survey of land values conducted by the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute.  The group’s chairman, Kyle Hansen with Hertz Farm Management, says the drop is not surprising given...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill is encouraging farmers to submit comments on the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Hill says the EPA’s new interpretation of the Clean Water Act would give the federal government jurisdiction over essentially all farmland in the state of Iowa. AUDIO: Craig Hill (5:47 MP3) Link to Iowa Farm...Read the full story... »     
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At the Iowa Pork Congress on Wednesday, attendees received an update on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). One of the presenters was Dr. Rodney “Butch” Baker with the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.   In this interview with Brownfield, Dr. Baker says there are signs that the spread of virus may be slowing down....Read the full story... »     
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